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Saturday, May 17

Think of this as an art festival highlighting the work of craft artisians along with musical artists performing while people mingle and shop.  Highlighting the day long event will the the evening show presented by country music artist Mandy Heinemann.

Anyone who attended our John Anderson concert will remember Mandy who openned for John.  Mandy presents classic country echoing the stylings of Pasty Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Tammy Wynette with her own style blended in making for a great evening of classic country sounds.  And she's inviting many of her musical friends to come and perform all day and into the evening.  

Openning for Mandy on the evening show will be The Gordons.   Gary and Roberta live on ancestral land in Southern Illinois where their music sprouted in 1974.   Cultivating their sound with guitar, autoharp and harmony singing they have fans from the Carolinas to Czeck Republic.
They continue to yield great music

This event is produced by Mandy Heinemann.

Ticket Type:                              Showtime: 6:00 PM

Daytime Art Fair and Music Event  9AM - 5:00 PM  FREE

Evening Concert   6:00 PM

Premium Reserved          $20.00
General Admission           $15.00

Tickets will go on sale later this spring

Watch as the Pyramid Players Childen's production bring to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination--Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge--not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.

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Capitol Records Nashville artist Jon Pardi may be new to the country music scene, but his strikingly original songs and relaxed confidence would suggest otherwise. His sound is undeniably country — paying homage to some of his musical heroes such as Dwight Yoakam, George Strait and Alan Jackson —with his lived-in voice and authentic delivery. But it's his carefree musical style combined with his high-energy live show which give this singer-songwriter his own niche in a diverse country landscape.

There are plenty of talented young songwriters in Nashville, so suffice to say that it's not an easy task standing out in Music City. That didn't scare or intimidate rising star Jon Pardi, however, who says he came to the town to write some good ol' raucous country.  “It’s country,” Pardi says. “It’s upbeat and fun, and goes good with beer.” And he's been making a name for himself with straight-ahead good-time country music, as exemplified by his Top 10 hit “Up All Night,” and fans can expect exactly more of the same when he visits Southern Illinois and the Benton Civic Center Thursday night July 10.

Ticket Type:                              Showtime: 6:30 PM

Premium Reserved          $21.00
General Admission           $17.00

Tickets will go on sale later this spring

Take a rockin’ trip down Memory Lane as The Pyramid Players present “Yesterday Once More…A Celebration of the Music of the 50’s and 60’s”.  Recapture your youth and rekindle some long forgotten memories as a cavalcade of timeless hits unfolds on the stage.  From the early days of Doo Wop to the British invasion, the California surf scene, and the Flower Power generation, “Yesterday Once More” has it all.  Every song performed just as you remember them – minus the transistor radio static!

As an added bonus, this one day only multimedia concert will commemorate the 25th anniversary reunion of Southern Illinois’ own Family Rock Band, DONNY AND THE DOO WOPS!  

Formed in the late 80’s, this remarkable group expanded on the single family acts like The Cowsills and The Jackson 5 by combining six area families to create their powerful vocal / instrumental sound.  For fifteen years they could be found all over Southern Illinois entertaining thousands at 4th of July events, Classic Car Shows, area malls, and even the occasional private party, bringing their unique brand of family-oriented entertainment to all.  This will be the first time that all the original members have performed together in over ten years.

Don’t miss “Yesterday Once More…A Celebration of the Music of the 50’s and 60’s” coming to the Benton Civic Center for two shows only on August 9th.  Come dressed in your favorite 50’s and 60’s attire and join in the celebration of the music of YOUR time!

Showtime:   2:00PM Matinee          7:30PM Evening Performance

Mark Lowry is known and loved around the world as a trusted voice in the realm of gospel music and beyond. He started making music at age 11 and now, more than four decades later, his legacy is forever sealed as an innately entertaining communicator who can, at once, make audiences laugh, cry, and think.

Mark is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter, whose lyric to “Mary Did You Know?” resulted in one of the most loved modern Christmas songs of this century.  This captivating song, which he co-wrote with Buddy Greene, has been recorded more than 400 times by artists from every genre including: Reba McEntire, Cee Lo Green, Clay Aiken, Michael English, Kenny Rogers, Wynonna Judd, The Gaither Vocal Band, and a long list of others.

In spite of the broad range of musical inspiration found in Mark’s discography, there is one element that never changes: his gift for communicating profound truths through music and storytelling that keeps audiences of all ages on the edge of their seats.  Mark maintains a full schedule of solo concerts, as well as Gaither Vocal Band tour dates and performances at Women of Faith Conferences across North America.

Ticket Type:                              Showtime: 7:00 PM

Premium Reserved          $25.00
General Admission           $20.00

Groups Sales - 10% off price for groups of 20 or more along with one complementary ticket for every 20 purchased.  Contact the Benton Civic Center office to purchase.


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